The month of March is synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day and the arrival of spring. Since it was first established in the fifth century, the religious feast day has evolved to celebrate the beauty of the Irish culture, people, traditions and history. While many adults head to their local pub in their best green attire on Saint Patty’s Day, families with kids also observe the holiday in their own way.
Apart from parents and kids attending parades, creating leprechaun-themed crafts and feasting on Irish-inspired meals, there are a variety of St. Patrick’s Day games to provide hours of entertainment. You can watch some of the best Irish films where you can see the full spectrum of the rich Irish culture. In case you’re in need of activities after watching your favorite Irish movie, here are some games to spark their imagination. Whether it’s a scavenger hunt, gold coin toss or puzzle, all of these are easy to play, kid-friendly and quick to put together. What’s more, a majority of the supplies needed for these St. Patrick’s Day games can be found in your home, and if not, you’re only a few short clicks away from having them be delivered to your door.
Shamrock Cookie Decorating Contest
See who can create the most fun and festive four leaf clover in a cookie decorating contest. No matter who wins, the results will definitely be delicious.
Make a Shamrock Puppet Show
St. Patrick’s Day Terrarium
Printable Leprechaun Maze
See if kids can help the leprechaun find his way to the end of the rainbow. This maze game will be a fun adventure for those who love puzzles and brain games.
Pot O’ Gold Coin Toss
See who throw the most gold coins into a small, black pot of gold. If you have a leftover witch’s cauldron from Halloween, you can reuse it now as your pot at the end of the rainbow.
This is a fun one for little kids. Tell them that a leprechaun came by this morning and hid some gold, and they have to find it. In the last room that you think that they’ll look, add some “leprechaun footprints” (or removable stickers) that led right to a pot of chocolate gold coins.
Printable Matching Game
Test your memory with a matching game like this one! Take turns trying to find a pair of matching St. Patty’s Day images by flipping over the face-down cards.
Printable Gold Scavenger Hunt
If there’s a class party, be sure to play this scavenger hunt, where kids will have to follow the clues to find the leprechaun’s pot of gold.
St. Patrick’s Day Bean Bag Toss Game
Each player gets three chances to toss their bags into the hole. Whoever comes out on top, wins big!
Four-Leaf Clover Tic Tac Toe
This cute spin on Tic Tac Toe would be fun to throw in a goodie bag at a kids’ party to give them something to do before they eat their chocolate gold coins.
St. Patrick’s Day Minute to Win It
This is a timed challenge: Give everyone a spoon and see who can use them to pick out the most marshmallow pieces from Lucky Charms cereal and put them in a bowl. For older kids or adults, make it harder and assign a different amount of points to the different marshmallow shapes.
With these adhesive scratch-off stickers, you can DIY your own lotto cards. Each time a kid wins another game, you can have them scratch off one of these to see what prize they’ve won.
This adorable bingo game is perfect for any St. Paddy’s Day party. It comes with the card, player chips and caller chips. Just don’t forget to buy prizes for the winners!
Hershey’s Kiss Matching Game
St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt
Pin the Clover on the Leprechaun
Green Fluff Basketball
St. Patrick’s Day Word Search
This themed coloring book also features word searches and Irish folk songs, so there’s a little something for every personality.
What’s Your Shamrock Name?
Have you ever wondered what your shamrock name is? Well now you can see what pseudonyms to use this holiday. All you need is your first initial and birth month.
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